Tag Archives: Health and Beauty

Exercise by numbers

Exercise by numbers

Gyms. Sweat dripping down grey walls. Stale carpet tiles. Broken air conditioning units. Boxy TV screens showing music videos from the ‘90s. Row upon row of slippery, smelly treadmills.

Sound familiar? If your gym is still stuck in the dark ages, it’s time to move on. Research shows that more and more of us are shunning traditional high-street chains in favour of fitness and running groups, or re-considered gyms that place greater emphasis on design and style.

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Lord of the skins

Lord of the skins

Who said a little magical thinking couldn’t work wonders? Welcome to the age of Neo-Tolkienism – the golden era of fantasy storytelling following the likes of blockbuster franchises Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

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Dermatattooists

Dermatattooists

Forget your everyday health check. We’re talking tattoo checks, thanks to Brazilian suncare brand Sol de Janeiro and its efforts to raise skin cancer awareness.

Proof of brands putting people’s needs before their own, Sol de Janeiro trained over 450 tattooists with the skills to be able to spot skin lesions and the basic signs of skin cancer.

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Breathing new life into cosmetics

From acne cream to wrinkle cream… without a break. Shiseido is now targeting a younger audience – women aged 25-35 – with a new skincare line that tackles the stresses of modern life.

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By Gum

Gone are the days of men simply running their fingers through their hair before leaving the house. Gum salon is the latest brand to launch a collection of male hair styling products – with everything from a thickening shampoo to conditioning treatments.

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Flower power

Simple on the inside, simple on the outside. Italian organic haircare treatment brand BIO A+O.E, which uses plant-based alternatives to chemicals in its organic haircare line, has created new packaging to reflects its natural credentials.

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A quick break

Japanese city dwellers are inundated with ‘zero’ products of all varieties, as they strive to lose a few pounds and get in better shape in the midst of a ‘metabo’ slump (Japan’s metabolic law to fend off increasing health costs). Since beverages and snacks are part of office life, much has been done in these areas.

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Mon Shu Girl

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has created a fictional character called ‘Mon Shu Girl’ to promote his forthcoming collaboration with Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura. The character recently starred a video to promote the forthcoming capsule collection.

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Transparent beauty

Introducing the Naturalis toolkit: a home micro-factory that bridges the gap between the cosmetics industry and DIY products.

Created for Rowenta by French industrial designers Eliumstudio, Naturalis uses helical emulsion technology (a process widely used in the cosmetics industry) to enable consumers to agitate ingredients at high speed to create cleansers, moisturisers and skin-nourishing lotions.

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Beard beauty

As the fashion of rugged refinement grips the menswear scene, grooming products have had to accommodate a new cosmetic: beard oil (one especially for Fitzrovian hipsters Oli and Nile.) Part cologne, part conditioner, beard oil has become a popular alternative to cream-based conditioners, adding just the right amount of shine and musky fragrance to manly mugs.

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